ASEAN WEEKLY: 20-26 Nov 2017 – Charting Economy


ASEAN WEEKLY: 20-26 Nov 2017


Weekly roundup of ASEAN economic news and updates from local and international press.

Highlights of the past week • Singapore’s Asean chair • Can Indonesia Fix Its ‘Big Durian’? • SE Asia’s economic boom reaches Thailand • Philippines’ foreign investment growth • Singapore to raise taxes • Malaysia’s property market imbalances • Vietnam’s ailing banks allowed to go bankrupt • China-Myanmar economic corridor • Cambodia’s Energy Sector • Bananas top Laos’ farm export list • Brunei’s rice production


  • ASEAN migrant worker deal gets cautious welcome Read
  • Commentary: How others stole the show from the ASEAN Summit Read
  • ASEAN told needs clear direction Read
  • Fitch Group research house upbeat on ASEAN’s economic prospects Read
  • Asean Summit a success, but… Read
  • Inside the P15-billion ASEAN hosting budget Read
  • ASEAN policy out of date: AirAsia’s Aireen Omar Read
  • Singapore’s Asean chair: think new and big Read
  • Charting a course for Asean’s future Read
  • Asean: The next 50 years Read


  • Indonesia makes an aggressive leap into the world of e-commerce Read
  • Indonesia and Malaysia fire back at the EU over palm oil Read
  • Indonesia, Sweden explore cooperation in creative industry Read
  • Islam and Identity Politics in Indonesia Read
  • Indonesia: Opportunity hiding in plain sight Read
  • Indonesia lives dangerously with a $355bn infrastructure drive Read
  • Why Indonesia’s Manufacturing PMI Weakened in October Read
  • Indonesian female entrepreneur brigade leads from the front Read
  • From Traffic Jams to Floods, Can Indonesia Fix Its ‘Big Durian’? Read
  • Indonesia should not restrict imports too tightly: Analyst Read


  • Thailand Sees Strong Growth Next Year as GDP Beats Forecasts Read
  • Thailand Q3 GDP beats estimates Read
  • Thailand’s Q3 GDP growth at best pace in four years Read
  • Thailand needs to whet domestic appetite to sustain growth Read
  • SE Asia’s economic boom reaches Thailand Read
  • Thailand and Sri Lanka plan to triple bilateral trade by 2020: envoy Read
  • A brighter future for China-Thailand relations Read
  • Thailand Mints Second Billionaire This Month Read
  • Thailand slips to 42 in talent rankings Read
  • Dining goes digital for Thailand’s street food vendors Read


  • Economic growth surges in Philippines despite political risk Read
  • Philippines’ Duterte offers telecoms role to new ally China Read
  • The effect of long holidays on the economy Read
  • No Sign Philippines Economy Overheating Read
  • Philippine leader gives order to start easing foreign business … Read
  • Philippines ranks 45th in world talent competitiveness Read
  • Swedish trade exec: It’s still hard to do business in PHL Read
  • ASEAN 2017: A wasted opportunity for the West Philippine Sea Read
  • Southeast Asia’s poorest mostly Filipinos, Indonesians – ASEAN report Read
  • The Philippines records highest foreign investment growth in ASEAN Read


  • Singapore economy on target for strong showing Read
  • S’pore upgrades 2017 GDP forecast; moderation expected next year Read
  • Growth of digital sector value-add in Singapore outpaced overall … Read
  • Singapore’s economic growth could exceed 3% this year, says PM Lee Read
  • Singapore to raise taxes as govt spending increases Read
  • Singapore manufacturing sets positive tone for final quarter Read
  • Stronger Singdollar likely on the cards next year Read
  • Good start in Singapore’s push to be debt restructuring hub: Indranee Read
  • Singapore ranks 13th in world talent competitiveness Read
  • Singapore to Ensure Rich Pay More in Tax Regime, Rajah Says Read


  • Malaysia’s economy to grow 5.3pc in 2018, predicts economist Read
  • Malaysia’s October inflation rate eases to 3.7 pct y/y, below forecast Read
  • Betting on Malaysian Ringgit? First Figure Out the Election Date Read
  • Lest we abandon agriculture Read
  • Malaysian economy grows 6.2% in third quarter Read
  • Malaysia’s Plan To Impose New Air Passenger Charge May Hurt … Read
  • Fast forwarding Malaysia’s shift to an innovation-led economy Read
  • BNM: Property market imbalances pose risks to economy Read
  • Easing the people’s burden Read
  • Malaysia’s Social Accounting Matrix launched Read


  • The market kicks in as the driving force in Vietnam’s economy Read
  • GDP grows sharply as economy relies on foreign-invested enterprises Read
  • Economic strategy must include natural disaster prevention Read
  • Tech helps aquaculture face climate change Read
  • VN embraces hi-tech tourism Read
  • VN stock market becoming more attractive Read
  • VN-Index hits near decade-high Read
  • VN to build upscale coffee brand Read
  • Vietnam’s Tech Company Says Free Trade Will Help Expansion Read
  • Ailing banks allowed to go bankrupt, NA votes Read


  • China-Myanmar economic corridor could stabilise region: China Daily Read
  • Ethnic cleansing in Myanmar threatens Chinese investments … Read
  • Myanmar GDP growth to rebound despite Rakhine crisis Read
  • FDI needed to maintain price stability in Myanmar property market Read
  • Myanmar looks to strong inflow of FDI Read
  • Myanmar tackles food safety in bid to boost agricultural exports Read
  • Myanmar bourse at all-time low; China stocks slip Read
  • Minister’s memoir highlights roots of Myanmar reform Read
  • Kajima takes on $400m urban development project in Myanmar Read
  • Bumpy roads for Myanmar’s automotive market after end to used car … Read


  • World Bank projects Cambodia’s economy will continue growing Read
  • Chinese tourism a catalyst for nation’s real estate boom Read
  • US renews grant for clearing bombs in Cambodia Read
  • Hun Sen says sanctions would only hurt workers Read
  • Big tick for growth Read
  • A Bright Future in Cambodia’s Energy Sector? Read
  • Democratic Governments Criticize Deathblow To Cambodia’s Opposition Party, But Few Yet Take Action Read
  • After Crackdown, Where Does Cambodia Go From Here? Read
  • Cambodia Becomes the World’s Newest One-Party State Read
  • World Toilet Day: Growing momentum for sanitation in Cambodia Read


  • PM: Vietnam always treasures special ties with Laos Read
  • Hong Kong may consider getting maids from Laos Read
  • High-speed Rail Project Will Force Thousands of Lao Families to Relocate Read
  • Laos Removes Governor of Attapeu Province Amid Logging Scandal Read
  • Laos: Minimum Registered Capital Requirements Abolished for Foreign Investors Read
  • Bananas top farm export list Read


  • Brunei to increase rice production with China’s help: minister Read
  • Brunei records 151.3 mln USD trade balance in September Read
  • Oman’s 33 years of outstanding bilateral relations with Brunei Read
  • Baiduri Bank reaches another milestone Read
  • MoE mandates promote literacy and numeracy teaching excellence Read
  • Back from Brunei: Charlene Johnson to head N.L. oil and gas industries group Read


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